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Mother of three shoots, wounds intruder

Neighbor spooked: 'It could have happened to me - to me and my mom'

A Warner Robins mother of three shot and wounded a man who tried to force his way into her Warner Robins home early Friday, police said.
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A Warner Robins mother of three shot and wounded a man who tried to force his way into her Warner Robins home early Friday, police said.

A mother of three shot and wounded a man who tried to force his way into her home early Friday, police said.

Martiez Holmes, 27, of Warner Robins was charged with attempted burglary and giving a false name after he was released from Houston Medical Center.

Just before 1 a.m., Warner Robins police were dispatched to 107 Angela Ave. about a burglary in which a suspect had been shot, according to a Warner Robins police release.

Twenty-five -year-old Ashley Jackson told police that she had heard noises outside a window, armed herself and then went to investigate.

As Jackson cracked open the front door, she saw a man at the bottom of the steps who started walking toward her and tried to push open the door.

Fearing for her safety and that of her baby and two other children, ages 5 and 6, Jackson fired at the man, later identified as Holmes, police said.

A wounded Holmes fled. Jackson was able to describe him, and patrol officers took him into custody near North Avenue and Evergreen Street.

He was shot once in the stomach with a small-caliber handgun, Assistant Chief John Wagner said.

Holmes was taken to the hospital, treated, and then taken to the Houston County jail. He is being held without bond.

Next-door neighbor Charlotte Clark said she didn’t hear anything early Friday, but later learned what had happened.

“She had someone to try to break in on her last night. ... She wasn’t having it,” Clark said. “She stopped ’em.”

Clark’s son, 25-year-old Bradford Clark, said the incident has spooked him.

“I’m scared ... because it was right here next door to me, and it could have happened to me — to me and my mom,” he said.

Warner Robins police Detective Jeff Herb is investigating the incident.

Becky Purser: 478-256-9559, @BecPurser

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